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Ending the Fight: Working Together to Prevent Bullying

Sept. 5, 2012 (Wheaton, IL) – Bullying is truly a dark side of education. Recent studies show that roughly half of students are bullied – verbally, physically, or socially – at some point in their lives. With the onset of social media and digital interaction, a new form of abuse known as cyber-bullying, has only added to the torment for many kids and teens.

“This is a problem that affects everyone – students, families, teachers, and really, entire communities,” explains Dr. Mary Keen, Medical Director of the Marianjoy Pediatric Program. In addition to being board-certified in four specialty areas including pediatrics and pediatric rehabilitation, Dr. Keen has a wealth of knowledge on the intricacies of working with children and families including Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

On Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Keen will host Ending the Fight: Working Together to Prevent Bullying, a free presentation to help families recognize if their child is a victim of bullying, among many other topics. “This presentation – which will feature support and intervention strategies, discuss peer advocacy, and when to alert the authorities – is appropriate for parents, teachers, school administrators, social workers, and guidance counselors,” notes Dr. Keen.

Bullying can occur in early childhood and even in adulthood, and children with disabilities are at a greater risk of being bullied. Yet Dr. Keen informs that this harassment is not a rite of passage. “As role models for our children, we have the ability to help them develop the appropriate skills to work and play well with others.”

Sadly, there have been numerous children and teenagers in recent years who have taken their lives to end the ridicule and abuse from peers. “Coming together as a community to advocate this anti-bullying message is a step in preventing any further tragedy,” confirms Dr. Keen.  “We can all work together to change this through good communication and treating others with respect.”

 

To register for Ending the Fight, click here or call the Marianjoy Community Wellness Hotline at (630) 909-7102.

 

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About Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is a nonprofit teaching hospital in Wheaton, Illinois, dedicated to the delivery of physical medicine and rehabilitation programs including stroke, neuromuscular, orthopedic, brain injury, spinal cord injury, and pediatrics. Marianjoy’s $60 million, 120 private room replacement hospital is a state-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the naturally holistic approach to rehabilitation. Founded in 1972, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital maintains an extensive network of inpatient, subacute, and outpatient sites and physician clinics throughout the Chicago area. Marianjoy is a member of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.


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